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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society Seeks Executive Director

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Inc. (F.L.H.S.) announced it “is seeking an Executive Director to provide dynamic institutional and community leadership for an organization poised for its next stage of growth. The Historical Society is a nonprofit organization responsible for the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of the Fort Lauderdale area.”

We operate a history museum in the 1907 New River Inn and a historic house museum and education programs in a 1907 pioneer house. We also provide a public research center with extensive archival, map and photographic collections. We have 3 full time staff members, 3 part time employees, a 15 member Board of Trustees, and a stable and dedicated group of volunteers. The Society’s annual operating budget is $803,590.

The Executive Director must be an energetic and experienced leader who can inspire and advocate for the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society’s activities and programs in support of its mission. The position requires thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of administering, managing, a nonprofit organization and interpreting historic resources.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, a track record of successful fundraising, and grant administration are required. Applicants must have 5-7 years of progressively responsible management experience, with a strong preference for non-profit management experience.

The F.L.H.S. Board of Trustees would prefer applicants have experience in historic program administration, development, preservation, research or property administration, collection management, archival collections, exhibition development, or tourism promotion in a historic area. They would also prefer applicants who have experience in facilities management. Further, they would prefer one has five years of experience as executive director of a non-profit organization.

In terms of education, a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college is required. Completion of an advanced college level courses in historic preservation, museum studies, American History is preferred.

Candidates must have the interpersonal and leadership skills to work effectively with an active Board of Trustees and staff, and be able to accomplish goals and objectives within specific timelines. Results orientation to achieving success is important.

Applicants can e-mail resumes and cover letters to executive_director [at] or mail to Executive Director, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, 219 SW 2nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.

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